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CES 2011: News Roundup – January 7, 2011

by Jack McGrath | January 8, 2011January 8, 2011 1:00 am PST

Today was certainly a hectic day in the world of technology to say the least. We’ve compiled a list of TechnoBuffalo’s top headlines for today to help you make sense of it all.

1. Verizon iPhone Saga

Though Verizon already held their keynote address, they are still making quite a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show. This is mainly due to speculation that the Verizon iPhone is coming soon. While some are skeptical, it appears as if Apple is prohibiting some employees from taking vacation time later this month, meaning that there is a good chance that there will be a large-scale launch. Verizon announced that they would hold a press conference next week, suspiciously 40 hours after CES ends. The Wall Street Journal, one of the most reliable sources of Apple rumors, also has reported that the device will be announced on Tuesday. Will you make the switch once announced?

Verizon Was Everywhere, Yet No iPhone
Apple Prohibits Employees from Taking Vacation; Large-scale Launch Imminent
Verizon Announces a Press Event for Tuesday
Will the Verizon iPhone Be LTE
Confirmed: Verizon Announcing iPhone on Tuesday

2. Motorola Atrix Demo

We took a look at one of the many Android-powered handsets that was announced, but the Motorola Atrix has an interesting twist. As a separate accessory, one can buy a dock connector that allows the phone to function as a netbook. Coupled with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip and you have yourself a somewhat functional laptop.

Motorola Atrix Hands On [Video]
Motorola Atrix Keyboard Dock Hands On [Video]

3. BlackBerry PlayBook Preview

We snuck a peek at RIM’s 7-inch slate, the PlayBook. It runs on an operating system akin to BlackBerry 6, allowing for full background multitasking. It will be interesting to see the adoption rate of a product like this amongst the business community, the device’s target. But for now, take a look at the button-free device that is generating so much hype.

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Hands On [Video]

4. Samsung’s New Devices and Strategies

Samsung attempted to make its mark on CES by introducing a slew of new devices, some mobile and some meant for home-use. We took a look at the Samsung Inspiration, an Android-powered handset destined for Verizon, which boasts a Super AMOLED display. Maintaining the company’s trend towards graphically stunning picture-quality, Samsung announced plans to take over your house by offering intuitive ways to connect to your 3D TV.

Samsung Wants To Be All Over Your Home
Samsung Inspiration for Verizon


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